Thursday, 8 December 2016

Press Release: 3FIM ASIA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 ROUND 3 RECAP – ANGELES CITY, PHILIPPINES

SHAH ALAM, 6 DECEMBER 2016 – It’ s been two weeks since we concluded the third leg of this year’s championship in the Philippines and we are now gearing up for our fourth and final round that’s set to take place this December 17th and 18th at Stadium Shah Alam, Malaysia. But before that, let’s take a moment to recollect all the action and drama that went down in Round 3. 
The venue was the prided recreational sport of Angeles City – Bayanihan Park. The track was rather unorthodox as the “tarmac” section was converted from the park’s basketball and tennis courts while a slippery field of uncut grass played the role of the ‘dirt’ section. The very narrow track was interspersed with sharp corners and grassy dividers. All of this daunted the riders with a very challenging race ahead but they weren’t Asia’s best Supermoto racers without reason, and they took the challenge head on. Hordes of Supermoto fans and curious onlookers flocked in over the weekend to witness the high-paced spectacle.

The riders had their first feel of the track during the practice sessions on Friday. A few crashes were inevitable given the track conditions, but fortunately, none of the riders got hurt. Saturday’s qualifying round saw Andy McLiesh (Australia), Richard Dibben (New Zealand), Mohd. Al-Amirul Ashshahid aka Gaban (Malaysia), Muhd. Habibullah aka Gabit (Malaysia), Mohd Khairi Zakaria (Malaysia) and Yasushi Matsumoto (Japan) clocking in the six fastest lap times. They then progressed into the Super Chrono session to determine their starting grid positions. Taking the pole was McLiesh followed by Dibben, Gaban, Gabit, Matsumoto and Khairi.

Sunday’s Moto 1 saw McLiesh building a huge lead ahead of all the riders while brothers Gaban and Gabit fought tooth and nail for 2nd. Lap 14 almost saw Gaban high-siding and Gabit capitalised on the opportunity to grasp 2nd. Finishing behind him was Gaban followed by Takashi Sasaki (Japan), Matsumoto, and Khairi. An unfortunate freak accident had caused Dibben’s bike to malfunction, thus prompting a heart-wrenching DNS for the Kiwi rider.

McLiesh’s bike had also caught onto one of the sandbags earlier on in Moto 2, dragging it out into the middle of the track which in turn slowed down the riders behind him, thus gaining him a huge lead ahead of the pack. The battle for 2nd place this time was fought between Gabit and Matsumoto. In the end, it was Gabit who came out 2nd when Matsumoto suffered yet another sandbag incident. Despite the setback, the Japanese rider still managed a 3rd place finish. Finishing behind him in 4th was Sasaki, followed by Gaban and Khairi.

Gabit currently leads the overall standings for both the Asian and Open International classes. Will the KTM Malaysia rider finish off this year with two championship trophies or will rivals Mcliesh, Gaban and Khairi cause an upset? Come on down to Stadium Shah Alam this December 17th and 18th to witness this season’ s Grand Finale!

FIM Asia Supermoto Championship is organised by Asia Supersports Group, a consortium of three companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, CW Media Sdn Bhd and E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd, with international supporters from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Major Events, Selangor State Government, Shah Alam City Council, Destination NSW, Tourism Hunter, Newcastle City Council, FIM Asia, Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM), KYT, KTM Malaysia,Premium World Motorsports (PWM) Sdn Bhd, official distributor of Husqvarna in Malaysia, RK South Asia Sdn Bhd and iM4U.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A Season Of Celebration At Hilton Kuala Lumpur & A Son's Birthday

December is of course a season of festivities to celebrate Christmas and the start of the New Year. For us, December is special as it's our "Anak Bujang"s birthday month.

Thanks to the invitation of a fellow blogger, Missyblurkit and also the generosity of  Hilton Kuala Lumpur, the family were able to enjoy the delicious Christmas buffet dinner at Vasco's last Friday, and celebrate Son's birthday too!
The opulent Christmas Lunch & Dinner buffet spread at Vasco's Hilton Kuala Lumpur features Chef Roxanne A Castillo's signature dishes for Christmas such as the roasted honey glazed home-smoked turkey (the hotel's special turkey. You gotta try it too!), roasted dry rubbed Black Angus prime rib, Irish lamb stew and turkey gumbo soup. 
A close-up of the ribs.
And the roasted honey glazed home-smoked turkey.
One can really taste the smokey flavour as one eats the turkey. It was superbly done. 

Apart from the traditional Christmas fare, the buffet spread also features other favourites such as seafood, Japanese and local spread.
From the cold cuts and salad table. 
From the seafood section, two magnificent fish ice carving towers and watches over the array of fresh seafood served. 
The plump oysters were (and always will be) a personal favourite but the prawns, mussels and crabs were great too!

My two boys had a great time digging through all of them!
Of course we didn't forget the Japanese section with an array of sushi, sashimi and tsukemono to please any discerning Japanese food lovers.
Salmon, edamame and tsukemono. 

Perfect.
Tsukemono (pickles) served. There is even kimchi served!

Local favourites are not forgotten too, with briyani and noodles available for diners to dig in.
Briyani section.
Noodles and steamed fish, anyone?
Another one of my personal favourite and one that I rarely indulge in, nowadays is the array of cheese served at the buffet. Heaven!
Fruits section sees an array of local fruits such as jackfruits, pineapples and starfruits which I loooooove.
And what respectable desserts section is, without a gingerbread house for Christmas?

Popular and traditional Christmas desserts such as Christmas puddings are available, alongside popular cakes and also local kueh-muehs.
The birthday boy later had a nice surprise and what a nice gesture it was, from the Hilton Kuala Lumpur people!

Thank you!
Photo credit: Missyblurkit
It was really a nice evening not only for us three  to celebrate Son's birthday together but also to share the special day with friends during the dinner.

Great food, great company.

What more could we want?

The Christmas promotion at Hilton Kuala Lumpur is available from Dec 1 - 31,2016 at their respective restaurants.

Christmas Lunch & Dinner buffet at Vasco's is available from Dec 1st to 31st, 2016 (excluding Dec 24th - Christmas eve and Dec 25th - Christmas Day), priced at RM168nett/per person.

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner is priced at RM195nett per person

Christmas Day Buffet Lunch is priced at RM198nett per person

Christmas Day Buffet Dinner is priced at RM188nett per person

New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner is priced at RM188nett per person

New Year's Day Buffet Lunch is priced at RM158nett per person

New Year's Day Buffet Dinner is priced at RM178nett per person

and there is also a beverage package of RM120nett per package for free flow wine/beer.

For more information and reservation, contact Hilton Kuala Lumpur at +60 (3) 2264 2596 or log on to http://life.hiltonkl.com. 

Hilton Premium Club Cardholders (HPC), HSBC Credit Cardholders (HSBC), CIMB Credit Cardholders (CIMB) and UOB Credit Cardholders (UOB) enjoy 20% discount. Early bird discount of 10% respectively on the following dates: Dec 24th (Christmas Eve), Dec 25th (Christmas Day) and Dec 31st 2016 for bookings made and fully pre-paid by Dec 18th, 2016. 

Standard HPC and CIMB discounts for all other non-participating outlets at Hilton Kuala Lumpur.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Press Release: AN ADVENTUROUS CHRISTMAS JOURNEY AT IOI CITY MALL

Putrajaya – Christmas, an annual popular festival associated with gift giving in appreciation and thanks of another good year to children, loved ones and friends.

IOI City Mall will once again be living up the magic of Christmas this year with spectacular happenings and fascinating custom-made decorations to set the scene for “An Adventurous Christmas Journey”. The story continued from last year’s success, whereby a young boy named Charlie crafted his Christmas moment at IOI City Mall. This time, Charlie came to learn good morals and acquire bravery through his new journey.

A Brand New Adventure to Explore

From November 25th, 2016 to January 2nd, 2017, “An Adventurous Christmas Journey” will showcase the most venturesome Christmas with a unique fable unfold through the vibrant décor at the mall. At a mesmerising 11 meters tall stood a magnificent wooden vessel, set afloat by two magical hot air balloons, carrying an important mission to sail Charlie on his adventure. The story goes when Charlie received a special gift on the Christmas Eve which allowed him to travel from places to places, uncovering valuable treasures and making new friends along the exciting journey.

The entire mall is transformed into a spectacular wonderland, featuring various colourful and magical settings based on the adventurous storyline. One of the highlights of the setting is a magical time tunnel which allows patrons to experience a transition passage from winter land to magical land. Other highlights that are not-to-be-missed are Wishing Well, lighthouse, decorated small huts and glittering Christmas trees with fairies. There are also a host of exclusive fairy tale characters namely Carren the Elf, and Ship Captain appearing in the mall to offer a delightful and welcoming ambience to its patrons. These imaginative sceneries and characters are surely a splendid photo opportunity for families and friends.

In addition, both parents and children alike will be delighted to know that all these incredible adventures of Charlie’s Adventurous Christmas Journey are kept in a specially designed Christmas story booklet made specially for this holiday seasons. The booklet, available mall-wide, contains engaging activities like solve the maze, spin the wheel and make an origami to keep the little ones occupied during the school break. IOI City Mall proudly welcomes visitors of all ages to come and explore these magical adventures this Christmas, for an enchanted experience that is truly unique.

Be Adventurous, Be entertained

To further enhance the shopping experience at IOI City Mall, a variety of interactive activities and performances are held throughout the celebration period. Shoppers can anticipate a lively array of performances such as dance shows, carolling, magic performance and kid’s workshop such as sushi making, toast play and donut play with free admissions while carrying out their festive shopping. “With all these exciting offerings, IOI City Mall provides a spectacular occasion for visitors of all ages to spend their year-end holidays,” Chris Chong, Complex General Manager of IOI City Mall said.

Shop and Get Rewarded

There’s more reason to shop this holiday season. Shopping for Christmas tree ornaments, home decorations, chocolates, cookies and elegant gift sets has become a convenient task for visitors at IOI City Mall since the Lower Ground, Centre Court is now gathered with a whole range of unique gift ideas and festive delicacies from major brands such as Famous Amos, Uma Hana Zakka, Crabtree & Evelyn, Artopanda, Miss T, Lovely Lace, Yankee Candle, Choc Boutique and Purple Peanutz.
At the Ground Floor West Wing, there are toys and stationeries available for kids from brands such as Transformers, Disney, Sylvanian Family and BOBOIBOY. Besides keeping the kids busy, there is also a wide range of beauty care products and fragrances for the ladies by Parkson at the Ground Floor East Wing.

To make Christmas shopping more rewarding, IOI City Mall has partnered with Standard Chartered Bank to spread the cheers of giving with exclusive rewards upon purchases. Standard Chartered bank card holder who had spent RM200 onwards in single receipt at any outlet are eligible to spin the fortune wheel and stand a chance to win one of these exclusive gifts; the Penguin Backpack, customised umbrella, exclusive lunch box and more. Meanwhile, nonStandard Chartered card holder can enjoy the same redemption programme upon spending  RM350 onwards in a single receipt. Redemptions are available at Ground Floor West Wing, while stocks last and must be made on the same day of purchase. These redemptions are not valid for transactions made at GSC, HomePro, Index Living Mall, Parkson, Tesco, Icescape, District 21, Currency Exchangers and any forms of bill payments.

Whether you’re heading off on a family getaway or looking forward to a rewarding festive shopping spree, make sure to spend some time at IOI City Mall and enjoy our Christmas festivities, crafted specially for our discerning patrons.

Holly Jolly Christmas Fun with the Kids
In the event of true Christmas spirit, IOI City Mall and Yayasan Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng (Yayasan TSLSC) collaborated and organized “Holly Jolly Christmas Fun” as part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives. On 6 December 2016, a total of 14 children from Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Cornerstone and 23 children from Pusat Jagaan KanakKanak Istimewa Lagenda enjoyed a fun-filled morning with thrilling activities at District 21, a 70,000 sq. ft. indoor action adventure park located within IOI City Mall. The children had a great time taking on some of the exciting rides offered at the theme park such as the largest indoor rope challenge course, Sky Trail and Malaysia’s first indoor Roller Glider, as well as, other activities prepared specially for them such as sand-art and DIY Christmas card-making. They were later treated to a delicious meal specially prepared by Texas Chicken.
Datin Joanne Wong, ED of Yayasan TSLSC with the five beneficiaries, receiving the mock cheque
During the media launch, Bargain Basement contributed its nett proceeds worth RM50, 000 to five beneficiaries in a cheque presentation by the Executive Director of Yayasan TSLSC, Datin Joanne Wong. Five homes namely Rumah Shalom (Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kristian Aman Selangor), Yayasan Seribu Harapan Malaysia, Pertubuhan Anak Yatim Darul Aminan, Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Cornerstone and Pusat Jagaan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Lagenda will be receiving RM10,000 each. This initiative is in support with Bargain Basement’s motto which is “give to inspire others to give”. “Besides helping to remove clutter at home, this initiative also benefits the environment as the goods are used by someone else instead of being dumped in a landfill,” said Datin Joanne. Additionally, the children also received a school bag and goodie bags distributed by Datin Joanne and General Manager of IOI City Mall, Mr Chris Chong. Items in the goodie bags such as light snacks, drinking bottle and much more were sponsored by Yayasan TSLSC and The Manhattan Fish Market.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Press Release: Ice-Watch's Light Up The Night Run 2016 - A Bright Success

Shah Alam, Selangor (3 December 2016) - The second "ICE-WATCH - LIGHT UP THE NIGHT RUN 2016" saw an array of colours of Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Pink and Purple on the streets of Shah Alam came alive with stream of people from all walks of life. The funky Belgium brand of watches was back in the limelight once again today - Saturday, 3rd December 2016 to bring a night of fun and colours into the hearts of amateur and avid runners alike which has made a prominent presence after last year's inaugural run.
Last year's run ad a massive crowd of almost 3,500 participants and this year's edition has garnered close to 6,000 participants, with more than half of this crowd participating in the 5KM route. Many new runners have taken a liking to the new 10KM route which extends to Bukit Bandaraya. The venue sponsor, Plaza Shah Alam has provided ample and fantastic F&B and shopping options once again to the participants prior and after the race with extended hours until 12 midnight.

2ndskin was the official t-shirt sponsor for all runners in this year's run and everyone had the option to choose either one of the seven colours available, which are truly unique to the embodiment of ICe-WATCH's exuberant colours on black steel die-cut.
Datuk Seri Meer Habib, Chairman of the ICE-WATCH Malaysia said; 'Whatever your age or ability, ICE-WATCH Light Up The Night Run 2016's 10KM and 5KM run is all about getting the whole family active, while having fun and raising brand and health awareness for us. Having once again the opportunity to the the title sponsor, we take pride in the attributes that we encourage in our own employees and in the way we conduct business - challenging limits, commitment to long-term vision, and doing things differently".

"The goal is to only help youngsters develop their physical selves, but also to instill in them the spirit of competition, determination and inspiration - all characteristics that will serve them well throughout their academic and working lives" said Datuk Seri Meer. 

"The 'ICE-WATCH - Light Up The Night Run 2016' was created to support and enhance the sport of running in a way that will positively affect the people and communities of Malaysia". 

"This is our second year working with ICE-WATCH whom has continued to achieve prominence across the global timepiece market and we are proud to be associated with the brand and we are happy that we are able to create another unforgettable race experience for everyone" said Hafiz Md Khas, Project Director of The Marathon Company.
The ultimate crowd-pleaser this year saw ICE-WATCH gift to random registered participants of the race with 2,000 timepieces worth over RM1,00,000.00. Fans & avid runners were thrilled in receiving these timepieces during the last 2 days of their racekit collections as they collected them.

For more information on the 'ICE-WATCH - Light Up The Night Run 2016', please follow the links below:

ICE-WATCH Malaysia Official Facebook - www.facebook.com/ice.watch.my
ICE-WATCH Malaysia Official Instagram - www.instagram.com/ice_watch_malaysia
The Marathon Company Facebook - www.facebook.com/themarathoncompany

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Press Release: Historical Shah Alam Stadium Hosts FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 Finale!

Round 4, Shah Alam Stadium, 17 – 18 December 2016

SHAH ALAM, MALAYSIA, 1 DECEMBER 2016 – Gates will drop for the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 series at the world-renowned Shah Alam Stadium on 17 and 18 December 2016 from 9AM – 6PM (+8:00GMT), with over 20 international riders from 14 countries contending for the last time for overall standing and championship title.

Home to Selangor FA and host to countless global concert tours and football competition including the Chelsea FA and Arsenal FA’s friendly match against Malaysia’s national team, the stadium has the capability to hold a capacity of 80,372 audiences. This remarkable moment for the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship will transform its vicinity into a show stunning track to crown the overall champion of the 2016 series.
Satheswaran Mayachandran, CEO of Asia Supersports Group, said that the stadium has its charm and is the perfect venue to host the finale. “Shah Alam Stadium has a strong history and reputation in hosting various international sports and activities. Crowning the championship’s overall champion will be historical for the race.”

The showdown between Malaysia’s Muhd Habibullah (Gabit) and Australia’s Andy McLiesh will be the highlight for the Open International Class. With total points of 121 and 107 respectively, any minor mistakes on track could cost either rider their championship title. Gabit’s kin, Mohd. Al-Amirul Ashshahid (Gaban), might take the third spot, but luck could be with the Malaysian rider after his outstanding performance in Malang last October.
On the Asian Class chart, it will be the fight between brothers – Gabit and Gaban – for the championship title, with a slight chance for Khairi to top the podium. While we already knew that one of the Malaysian trios will take the top spot, Japan’s Takashi Sasaki will not forego the chance to secure a top 3 for himself.

FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016’s finale will be a race not to be missed, especially when the 2016’s standings are at stake for every rider. Top notch condition and full concentration witnessed by a crowd of supermoto enthusiasts will be the supreme curtain closure for Malaysia’s 2016 motorsport scene.

FIM Asia Supermoto Championship is organised by Asia Supersports Group, a consortium of three companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, CW Media Sdn Bhd and E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd, with international supporters from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Major Events, Destination NSW, Tourism Hunter, Newcastle City Council, FIM Asia, Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM), KYT, KTM Malaysia,Premium World Motorsports (PWM) Sdn Bhd, official distributor of Husqvarna in Malaysia, RK South Asia Sdn Bhd and iM4U.

For more information and announcements, follow us on our Facebook at FIM Asia Supermoto Championship. Enquiries can be emailed to enquiry@eplusglobal.com.

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